Frequently Asked questions

How do I apply to the D. E. Shaw group?

To apply and to explore career opportunities within the firm, please visit our Job Openings page.

I'm having difficulty submitting my application. What should I do?

We apologize for any difficulties you encountered while trying to apply. Our application form works in Internet Explorer, Firefox, and Chrome, so please try to access the form through one of those Web browsers. If all else fails, please feel free to send your resume to Be sure to specify positions for which you would like to be considered, and we will follow up to request additional information that would have been included on the application form.

How do I fill out the section on my academic history?

Under "Other Scores" please enter your GPA and describe the scale on which it was computed. We would appreciate if you could add a brief explanation for non-U.S. scores. Our recruiting techniques, which we consider one of our firm's strengths, are based on the collection of a wide range of information about each candidate, and it is important that we have a complete application in order to process your candidacy. You may, of course, skip any portion of the form that clearly does not apply in your case.

How do I enter my academic ranking if I went to a U.K. or Commonwealth university?

If you received a degree from a U.K. or Commonwealth university, please indicate your class honors as below in the GPA/Grade (Cumulative) field:
First-class honors: 1 out of 1
Upper second-class honors: 1 out of 2
Lower second-class honors: 2 out of 2
Third-class honors: 3 out of 3
Pass: 4 out of 4

What is an appropriate writing sample submission?

There is no suggested topic for the writing sample. We are interested in seeing a strong sample that demonstrates superior writing skills. In other words, it can be something you wrote for work, school, or pleasure, and could include an essay, article, legal brief, term paper, or dissertation. The sample should be entirely your own work, unedited by anyone else. However, you should feel free to edit, correct and otherwise improve the piece yourself.

Can I apply for multiple positions?

Yes, you can apply for multiple positions through our website. We will also consider your application for any other positions we deem relevant, regardless of which positions you've explicitly applied for.

If I've applied to you within the past few months, should I reapply if I see a position of interest?

When we are unable to find a match between someone's background and our needs, we keep the resume in our files. Should a suitable position become available in the future, we will get in touch with you. There's no need to resubmit your resume.

When will you be visiting my campus?

Please review our on-campus calendar to find the dates of our campus presentations.

Does the D. E. Shaw group sponsor work authorization?

If we hire someone requiring work authorization, we will work with that person to apply for such authorization.